EMachines that beeps constantly and won't boot up.

May 11, 2012 at 08:19:19
Specs: Windows xp
I have an old emachines h038 that beeps constantly and won't boot up. There are lights, the fan runs etc but won't boot. Any ideas?

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May 11, 2012 at 08:33:46
Probably your Ram is culprit,try to remove it,clean it and then try to install it again.
This must solve it or you have to buy a new one.

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May 11, 2012 at 08:56:51
Some mboards develop this problem - electrolytic capacitors were installed on them that were not properly made, and they fail eventually - the mboard manufacturer didn't know they were improperly made at the time the mboard was made.

Open up your case and examine the mboard to see if you have bad capacitors, and/or other findable signs of mboard damage .

What to look for, mboard symptoms, example pictures:
Home page that site
- what the problem is caused by
- he says there are STILL bad capacitors on more recent mboards.

Pictures of blown capacitors, other components, power supplies, fried Athlon cpus, etc.:

If you mboard shows no signs of failing or failed capacitors (a failed capacitor might be missing hecause it has blown up - only it's leads are still where it was)...

It is extremely RARE for ram that worked fine previously in the same mboard to go BAD, but a poor connection of the ram in the ram slots, or installing ram that is NOT 100% compatible with your mboard, can cause you problems.

If you have NOT changed which ram you have installed, and if you have NOT been fiddling with your ram, before this happened, then there's probably nothing wrong with your ram or it's connection to the ram slots.

Emachines desktop computers usually have a BESTEC power supply.
BESTEC power supplies have a reputation of malfunctioning and failing a lot more often than average, and when they do that, they are a lot more likely than average to damage something else, especially when they fail completely, often the mboard.
A BESTEC power supply malfunctioning or failing is probably the NUMBER ONE REASON an emachines desktop system fails to boot normally !

If you DO have a BESTEC power supply, that's probably what is causing your problem.
If you remove it before it gets any worse and try a known good power supply with the system, if you are fortunate and the BESTEC power supply hasn't already damaged the mboard, the system will work fine.

Failing power supplies often partially work, fans and hard drives may spin, leds may come on, yet you may get no video and the mboard will not boot all the way.
See response 4 in this:

If it is failing, you can usually replace it with any decent quality standard sized standard ATX PS with the same capacity or greater.

Standard (PS/2) power supply size - 86mm high, 150mm wide, 140mm deep, or 3 3/8" h x 5 7/8" w x 5 1/2" d , or very close to that, though the depth can be more or less for some PSs.

Don't buy an el-cheapo (in quality) PS.
See response 3 in this:

I no longer recommend Cooler Master, AOpen, or Sparkle power supplies.
I'm now downgrading Thermaltake to middle of the road.
Antec has two lines of PSs - the better line has a longer warranty for the same or similar capacity - the other line is more towards middle of the road.
AMD has a list of Certified (tested and found to be good quality) PSs:

If you HAVE been fiddling with your ram, or have been fiddling with connections inside the case, or if you have moved the computer case from one place to another and it may have been physically jolted, or in any case this can happen.....

....the ram may have a poor connection in the ram slots.

See response 2 in this - try cleaning the contacts on the ram modules, and making sure the modules are properly seated:

If you have CHANGED which ram you have installed,

Ram that works in another mboard , or any ram you buy or have lying around, may not work properly, or sometimes, not at all - even if it physically fits and is the right overall type (e.g. SDram, DDR, DDR2, etc.; PCxxxx, xxx mhz) for your mboard. In the worst cases of incompatibility your mboard WILL NOT BOOT all the way with it installed, and the mboard may not even beep - the ram has to be compatible with the mboard's main chipset, or in the case of recent mboards, compatible with the memory controller built into the cpu.

If you still have the ram that was installed when the system worked fine, try installing just that ram.

It is easy to test for incompatible ram that has caused your mboard to fail to boot.

Make sure you have a speaker or speakers or the equivalent connected to the mboard so you can hear mboard beeps (see your mboard manual if you need to).
Remove the AC power to the case/power supply.
Remove all the ram.
Restore AC power.
Try to boot.
If nothing else is wrong, you will get no video but you will hear a pattern of beeps that indicate no ram is installed, or a ram problem.
E.g. for an Award bios or a bios based on one, that's often a beep of about a half second, silence for a half second, a beep of about a half second, silence for a half second, continuously.

You MAY get that same error beep pattern when there is at least one ram module installed that is NOT 100% compatible with being installed your mboard.

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May 11, 2012 at 09:50:19
I don't think it's the ram, and I haven't tried everything else yet. I actually bought a new system yesterday however, one of my software systems (most important one) will not work on Windows 7 and no matter what i try to download i can't get it to work. This is the only reason i am trying to fix the old one. thank you for all the help. If you know of anything that will help load the software let me know.

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May 11, 2012 at 09:55:24
How do I tell if I have a Bestec power supply?

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May 11, 2012 at 09:57:43
May i also say that the day the computer went, i left it on for an hour or so when I came back the display was all funny, couldn't read it, really squiggly. I forced a shutdown and when i powered it up i had no display (although the monitor is fine) but the cpu beeps constantly. Someone said maybe the video card but i don't know where that is or how to remove.

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May 11, 2012 at 10:33:05
"I actually bought a new system yesterday however, one of my software systems (most important one) will not work on Windows 7 and no matter what i try to download i can't get it to work."

What operating system is required for that program ?

What operating system is on the emachines computer that is no longer working properly ?

Is Windows 7 a 32 bit version or a 64 bit version on the new computer ?

"How do I tell if I have a Bestec power supply?"

In most cases, the brand of the power supply is printed on an obvious label on the side of the power supply that you can see when you take the side panel of the case, the left side panel as seen from the front of the case. In a small number of cases the label may be on the top of the PS , and you may need to remove the PS box from the case to see that - usually it's just fastened via 4 screws at the back of the case on the outside of the case.

" May i also say that the day the computer went, i left it on for an hour or so when I came back the display was all funny, couldn't read it, really squiggly."

If it was working fine beforevthat, the most likely thing is it has a BESTEC PS and it's failing.
Or, a lot less likely, it could be you have the bad capacitor problem on the mboard.

More later - i have to do something else for a while.

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May 11, 2012 at 10:45:51
Just for a conformity try installing the ram in to another pc i am forcing you to do this because i suffered from this and found the ram is the culprit.

The beep sound indicated missing of ram may be,testing wont hurt!

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May 11, 2012 at 10:46:02
My old computer had Windows XP, the new one is Windows 7 64 bit.

It is a Bestec power supply. Thank you for all your help, I have no idea about any of this stuff, just that I need that software to work.

Thanks again.

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May 11, 2012 at 13:47:40
"the cpu beeps constantly"

A CPU is a chip that fits in a socket on the motherboard. CPUs do NOT beep! The motherboard is what beeps. And that beeping is a code directing you to what the problem is. There should be a repeating pattern of long & short beeps, possibly low & high tones. We'd need to know the model of your eMachines system to be able to look up the code. I can just about guarantee the model number is not h038.


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May 11, 2012 at 15:00:04
I am sorry is I don't know exactly the correct verb- age. I am trying to resolve a problem the best way i know how. When I read the model # (and yes it said that) on the outside of the machine H038 is what it said. Please don't bother yourself with my problem. I'll figure something out.

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May 11, 2012 at 17:28:09
"Please don't bother yourself with my problem. I'll figure something out."

What a curious statement from someone who has received a great deal of help. Knowing the correct verbiage helps the helpers here to more accurately assist you. Perhaps you have learned something new.


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May 11, 2012 at 17:39:53
"My old computer had Windows XP, the new one is Windows 7 64 bit....I have no idea about any of this stuff, just that I need that software to work."

Then it may suffice to run the "XP-specific" software under a virtual machine on your Win7 machine:


"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."

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May 11, 2012 at 18:17:33
If you want to be able to run a program that worked fine in XP but that won't work in Windows 7, your best bet is to install a virtual machine program in Windows 7.
E.g. Microsoft's freeware Virtual PC 2007 is apparently a virtual machine program that works well.

However, as far as I know, you need an XP CD to do that.
(I DO know that if you want to run a program that will not run in 2000 or higher but it runs fine in 98SE, you must install 98SE (or ME) in Virtual PC 2004.)
You install a virtual machine program in Windows 7, then install XP in that virtual machine program, then install the program that works fine in XP but not in Windows 7 in XP in that virtual machine program.

Emachines computers NEVER come with Recovery disks when they're new, but some installations have a program already installed by emachines with which you are supposed to make a Recovery disk set while Windows is working fine.
Did you or someone make such a set ?

Or, the Recovery disk set can probably be bought either from the emachines web site...

Check for Recovery disk availability -

Go here:

Accessory store - Purchase Accessories, eRecovery CD's....

OR, if they no longer have that, try here:
or here:

If they don't list your exact model, if you contact them, they MAY be able to provide you with them - e.g. the same disks may be used for several or many models made by the brand at about the same time.

(If you CAN buy the Recovery disk set from one of those three web sites, at least some of them allow you to download the files to make the set as soon as your online payment clears.)

There are two types of Recovery disk sets I've seen when the brand name system computer had XP on it originally.

For the first type, the one I've seen the most, except when the computer originally had a (XP) MCE 200x version on it , the first disk in the set is an "XP Home (or Pro) Spx Re-installation CD " or similar .
If you have that CD, it can be used the same way as a regular XP CD, but probably ONLY for the computer model it came with, or one of a small group of models made at about the same time by the same brand name system builder.

When you examine the contents of that disk in Windows Explorer, that CD has files and folders that are almost all identical to those found on a regular Microsoft OEM XP CD for the same version - Home or Pro or a lot less likely Pro 64 bit - that has the same SPx updates version, x being 1, 2, or 3, or no SP updates , integrated into it. E.g. it has the \i386 folder and all the files in that folder.

For the second type, the Recovery disk set is a multi-disk archive that must be installed one disk after the other - the first disk prompts you to insert the second one, etc. The first disk in that set, or any disk in that set, cannot be used the same way as a regular XP CD.

I searched for: emachines H038 using Yahoo and Google and found only a few "hits" of any significance, on Japanese language web sites.

(There's one for what seems to be a H038 keyboard model for emachines computers that AVG claims has malware on the web page.
Are you getting that model off the keyboard ? )

The translation, in part, of those web pages....

H038 ¦ eMachines J4494 Core2DuoE4500-2.2G/2G/320G / multi

CPU: Core 2 Duo E4500 2.2GHz
Memory: 2GB
Multi-drive DVD-RW Optical drive:
Windows Vista Home Premium pre-installed

I suspect the actual specific model of your computer is J4494

The same emachines model is often sold in more than one country, the only difference being, sometimes, the language in the mboard's bios and the language of the installed operating system can be different.

Sometimes the same models had either XP or Vista installed on them.

I searched for: emachines J4494....

eMachines J4494 Desktop Computer (home support page)



Memory (possible original modules)
5001045R - Samsung 512 MB 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM Memory Module
5001215R - 512 MB 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM - NANYA
5001216R - 512 MB PC5300 DDR2 667 MHz SDRAM
5001217R - 512MB PC5300 DDR2 667MHz SDRAM
5001281R - 512 MB 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM
5006166R - 512 MB 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM
5006185R - CENTON 512 MB 667 MHz DDR2 Unbuffered SDRAM
5006191R - 512 MB 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM - SOUTHLAND

Power Supplies (one of)
6506085R - Delta 300 Watt Power Supply
6506086R - 300-Watt Power Supply SATA 20-Pin Non-PFC - HIPRO
6506087R - BESTEC 300 Watt Power Supply

4506442R - Intel Core 2 Duo Processor E4500 (2.20 GHz)

Same processor (CPU) as in the Japanese specs.

ECS 945G-NM uATX Motherboard (home support page for that)



¦Supports DDR2 400/533/667 MHz modules

¦Supports 256 MB/512 MB/1 GB DDR technologies for ×8 and ×16 non-ECC DDR devices
¦Registered DIMMs not supported
¦Maximum memory size 4 GB \

(max 1 gb ram module per ram slot)

If I have found your actual model.....

ECS 945G-NM may be printed in obvious larger characters on the surface of the mboard, often between the mboard slots, or it may be on a stuck on label on the mboard, on the top surface of the mboard somewhere, sometime's that's on top of the parallel port when the mboard has one.

There are three possible original power supply models / brands. they're all el-cheapo power supplies, anyone of which is more likely to malfunction than a better quality power supply, but a BESTEC power supply is most likely to malfunction by far.

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May 11, 2012 at 19:42:14
Verbage is one thing, describing the problem is another. You mentioned beeping but didn't state if there's a pattern or not. The most common beep codes are related to RAM or graphics, but it could also be due to the CPU overheating, the keyboard plugged in wrong, a stuck key, etc & each problem has it's own beep pattern. For instance, repeating hi/low usually means overheating. An endless repeating beep usually means a memory problem.

"When I read the model # (and yes it said that) on the outside of the machine H038 is what it said"

Not trying to be a d!ck but go to Google & enter "emachines H038" (with the quotes). There are only 2 hits - this thread & some crap at priceviewer.com. That tells me that the model number is incorrect (or incomplete), because if it was correct, there would be a heck of a lot more hits.

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May 11, 2012 at 20:22:47
I looked on several different emachines country web sites - none of them list a model with a zero after the H.

Sometimes model info has been lost over time by the brand name system builder.
E.g. That certainly applies to HP's web sites, especially for old HP and Compaq models.

How do I find my model name / serial number / SNID?

Supply the Serial number and SNID.

Tell us the country the model was sold in.

See my response 2, 6, and 13 !

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May 12, 2012 at 00:50:58
This guy don't want us to help him why aren't you doing what we said and what do you mean by "Please don't bother yourself with my problem. I'll figure something out." let use know!!

I you are trying to run your software not supported by 7
then just do what T-R-A said or if want to have your emachine live again then mash up with your Ram and graphics card if you have one!!

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